St. Francis Xavier University
Women's leadership for economic empowerment and food security in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Zambia
Local partners: Organization for Women in Self Employment (Ethiopia), University for Development Studies (Ghana), Women for Change (Zambia)
This project will help strengthen the leadership of more than 1,000 women and their organizations in these countries to address lack of access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food and promote sustainable livelihoods. It will improve the quality of adult education in these countries and empower women economically.
-- In Ethiopia, the project will train 2,000 marginalized women and girls from ten communities in business development and life skills. The project will also help strengthen 50 cooperatives networks to improve their access to markets.-- In Ghana, the project will train 500 women and youth in 20 communities to grow, process and use indigenous foods.-- In Zambia, economic empowerment training will benefit 800 local groups and 80 area associations.
Universite de Moncton
Support to centres for rural development in Burkina Faso
Local partners: Ministry of Agriculture and Water, Ministry for the Advancement of Women, Ministry of Youth, Vocational Training and Employment
This project will improve access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food in three regions of Burkina Faso. In cooperation with three local partners, as well as local civil society organizations, it will:
-- train 50 trainers in three centres for rural development located throughout the country-who in turn, will train 362 women and 452 men per year in sustainable agriculture;-- help five other centres for rural development improve their capacity to deliver training;-- ensure the training is fair and equally accessible to women; and-- involve regional and national organizations that are able to sustain the centres after the project ends.
University of Alberta
Developing capacity to teach math in rural communities in Tanzania
Local partner: University of Dodoma
In Tanzania, the majority of children fail math in the national primary school graduation exam and 25 percent do not attain a basic level of numeracy. This project will:
-- help 430 teachers improve their knowledge of math and teaching skills, benefitting more than 13,000 children in three rural regions of Tanzania (Dodoma, Iringa, and Morogoro); and-- develop a cadre of teacher educators able to train future teachers.
Protecting the health of mothers and newborns in Ethiopia
Local partners: St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ministry of Health
Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. To reduce these rates, this project will:
-- improve the skills of 200 primary health workers and 4,500 midwives to deliver healthy babies, benefiting more than 50,000 women and 100,000 children; and-- develop a program at St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College to train midwife trainers.
Vancouver Island University
Building capacity in the Ukrainian government by developing geographical information systems
Local Partners: National University of Kyiv, Institute of Geography of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
This project will develop and deliver training for Ukrainian public sector institutions in the use of geographic information systems. This will help the government to privatize rural lands and demarcate its national borders. The project will:
-- support the development of a local training program run by local professionals; and-- train faculty and staff of the local partners, who in turn, will train approximately 100 civil servants in the application of geomatics technologies.
University of Saskatchewan
Mama Kwanza (Mother First) socio-economic and health initiative in Tanzania
Local partners: Green Hope, Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology
This project will give the most vulnerable women and children in the district of Arusha in Northern Tanzania, particularly in households headed by children or grandmothers, access to better maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services. It will:
-- establish family-centred care, integrating MNCH services with socio- economic support;-- help 3,000 women access newborn and child programs and services by increasing the capacity and number of service providers and partners trained on evidence-based approaches; and-- increase women's empowerment and engagement by providing socio-economic support related to water purification, solar food drying, community gardening, and an alternative payment system.
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